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Holding the Tension: Peace in a Conflict Zone

Holding the Tension: Peace in a Conflict Zone

“How is the safety of the road to Lubarika?” We asked the MONUSCO head of security at the UN base in Uvira, Democratic Republic of the Congo.

“It is practical, but be prudent.” our host responded. “You can go, but be wary. There are bandits on the road that will stop vehicles and sometimes kidnap or kill people.” Our usually cheery host spoke straight-faced.

Our group chuckled nervously, perplexed. Would we really take a risk to go to Lubarika? After what we already went through?